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Two ‘firsts' for the Pilot Club of Pittsburgh


August 4, 2009

Pilot Club Director Sherri Lynn Dunik of South Side and Pilot Club President Henry Hegerle of Knoxville hold the International honor “BrainMinder Buddy Award.”

The City of Pittsburgh is proud to boast "First" in Pittsburgh and the Pilot Club of Pittsburgh is following in the tradition with celebrating two "Firsts" of their own.

Pilot International held it's annual International Convention in San Diego, CA on July 7–10. During the awards presentation, Pilot International awarded the 2008-2009 "BrainMinder Buddy Award" to Sherri Lynn Dunik and the Pilot Club of Pittsburgh for outstanding children and senior programs. Pilot International has more than 25,000 members in six countries.

Mrs. Dunik's story was recently told in the Pilot International's magazine "The Pilot Log." The article featured Sherri Lynn's accomplishments with BrainMinders including a recent Jefferson Award, a proclamation for Brain Awareness Week from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and appearances through-out Pittsburgh including the Senior Center in the South Side Market House.

However, Mrs. Dunik's International recognition is not the only "First" for the Pilot Club of Pittsburgh. This past month the Pilot Club installed its first male president, Henry Hegerle of Knoxville. For the first 67 year's of Pilot's existence membership was open only to professional women. Membership has been open to men for the last 21 years. Mr. Hegerle entered the Pilot Club in July 2002 as the club's first male member; sponsored by his wife, Terri. Pilot Leadership runs in the Hegerle family; Terri Hegerleis a past-president twice and a past district governor for Pilot International's North East Potomac District. Her mother, Marge Pajak of Knoxville was last year's treasurer.

The Pilot Club of Pittsburgh funds the BrainMinders™ program and other service projects through various fundraising projects and donations. Their annual benefit "Fall For Fashion" will be held on October 17. They are currently taking orders for Enjoy Coupon Books and their first hoagie sale, selling hoagies made by Schwartz Market is August 8. The Pilot Club is also publishing a community cookbook, "The Pilot Pantry" which will be available in September. The club is looking for businesses to help promote and sell the cookbook.

The Pilot Club of Pittsburgh is an energetic, forward-looking group in which members enjoy camaraderie and fun while serving the needs of the community. New members are always welcomed. The Pilot Club of Pittsburgh meets one Saturday a month, 11 a.m. at Amalfi on Tenth, next to the Holiday Inn Express in South Side; the next meeting is on August 8.

Those who would like to support Pilot by donating service, funds, goods, participate in fundraising or becoming a new member should contact President Henry Hegerle at 412-381-4989.


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